DIY Mulch Project How-To

Top Ten Reasons to Mulch

10. Keeps rain or sprinklers from washing away soil.

9. Prevents spread of disease.

8. Allows soil to soak up more water.

7. Reduces the rate of water loss.

6. Insulates during winter and cools in the summer.

5. Organic mulch enriches the soil as it decays.

4. Helps to control weeds.

3. Reduces soil maintenance.

2. Dramatically improves tree/plant health.

1. Its looks great!

Materials needed to complete a mulch project:

1. Flat edge shovel – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00U2KFXAU/

2. Rake – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00004S1YK/

3. Plastic edging or stone – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PG44O52/

4. Mulch – https://www.lowes.com/pd/Preen-Mulch-Plus-2-cu-ft-Black-Mulch/999989418

5. Water hose – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00INTIK9S/

6. Marking paint – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00F87SDOU/

How to Mulch a Tree

1. Measure the desired diameter around the tree.

2. Mark with water hose, rope, marking paint, etc.

3. Use flat blade shovel to create the border.

4. Use the flat blade shovel to excavate grass. *Careful not to damage roots

5. Insert landscape edging around border and secure. *If desired

6. Apply approx. 4” layer of desired mulch.

7. Use rake to feather mulch slightly downhill and away from the tree.

8. Use hands to pull mulch away from tree base. Creating a cup at the tree base.

Bermuda Grass Maintenance Tips

MOWING

– Start mowing schedule early spring.

– Mow at 1-3 inches.

– Don’t bag clippings.

*Grass will look better with shorter and more frequent mowing

FERTILIZING

– Test soil and determine yard square footage. See links below.

– Start fertilizing 2 weeks after mowing starts.

– Apply a complete fertilizer. See link below.

– Apply at a ratio of 1lb nitrogen per 1000sf every 4-6 week

EXAMPLE USING FERTILIZER LINKED BELOW (NPK ratio 32-0-10)

Scott’s Turf Builder Southern Lawn

100/32 = 3.1/lbs per 1000sf

EX: 10,000sf yard

(10,000/1000) x 3.1 = 31lbs of fertilizer neede

WATERING

– Ideally, wet the soil to 6 inch depth.

*About 1 inch of water in gauge is a rough estimate.

– Water every 5-10 days or when grass shows stress

AMAZON PRODUCTS

Soil test kit – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DI845

Fertilizer – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000FBMI36

Water Gauge – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A3IMP2

Measuring wheel – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01018D7MS

St. Augustine Maintenance Tips

MOWING

– Start mowing schedule early spring.

– Mow at 2-4 inches. Never Shorter!

– Don’t bag clippings

FERTILIZING

– Test soil and determine yard square footage. See links below.

– Start fertilizing 2 weeks after mowing starts.

– Apply a complete fertilizer. See link below.

– Apply at a ratio of 1lb nitrogen per 1000sf every 8 weeks.

EXAMPLE USING FERTILIZER LINKED BELOW (NPK ratio 29-0-10)

Scott’s Bonus S Weed & Feed

100/29 = 3.4/lbs per 1000sf

10,000sf yard

(10,000/1000) x 3.4 = 34lbs of fertilizer neede

WATERING

– Ideally, wet the soil to 6 inches.

*About 1 inch of water in gauge is a rough estimate.

– Water every 5-10 days or when grass shows stress

AMAZON PRODUCTS

Soil test kit – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000DI845

Fertilizer – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GPAGO6S

Water Gauge – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000A3IMP2

Measuring wheel – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01018D7MS